Posts Tagged ‘people’

It seems that Twitter has become the latest method of the press and various news outlets to gather stories for their sites and papers. Many news sites have reported on Stephen Fry’s twitter saying he’s thinking of disconnecting from the twitterverse. It’s fair enough for the media to comment on famous people, but really? Twitter? I really think the barrel is well and truly being scraped in terms of getting news as quickly as possible. Twitter is a powerful tool of communication, allowing celebrities to keep in touch with their fans…it’s rare for a celebrity figure not to have a twitter account. But should the media be getting their stories from it?

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We live in a very much celebrity-oriented culture nowadays, where children are being shown by television and other media that rather than aiming for good honest professions when they grow up, they can be a “celebrity”. Most people won’t even know why Jordan is famous (she was a page 3 model in her teens, but that’s about it), but her face gets plastered all over the rag magazines and the tabloids as if she’s done something incredibly newsworthy. Often, the case is that she is getting press attention just because she’s out on the pull.

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